Marc-André Ter Stegen, goalkeeper of Barça.
The eleven of Barcelona in Balaídos are Ter Stegen; Semedo, Yerry Mina, Vermaelen, Digne; André Gomes, Paulinho, Coutinho, Denis; Dembélé and Alcácer. The decision to rotate has made this match history for the FC Barcelona team, although it will not be very positive for those who believe in the philosophy of the quarry and the Masía: is the first time in 16 years that there is no a squad in a starting XI of Barcelona in Liga .
The last precedent is of 2002. Exactly of April 6 of that year, when Carles Rexach took against Athletic to Bonano; Reiziger, Christanval, Abelardo, Coco; Rochemback, Cocu, Luis Enrique; Rivaldo, Saviola and Overmars. That match in the old San Mamés was won by Barcelona by 0-2
In the team presented by Valverde there is no Catalan player and there are only two Spaniards, Alcácer and Denis. The latter, although he was signed by Barça B, is raised football in the quarry of Celta de Vigo, for then move to Manchester City where he just exploded. Therefore, and despite playing in the subsidiary some games, is not canterano of La Masía.
It is an eleven so unusual, that not even is none of the captains. Neither Iniesta, nor Messi, nor Busquets are in the field, so Ter Stegen had the responsibility to wear the captain's armband